Pontianak Travel Guide

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Pontianak, an introduction

Pontianak

Pontianak is the capital of Klimantan Barat Province. Pontianak is called as Kota Khatulistiwa (City of Equator) for this city is passed through by the equator line. That’s why Khatulistiwa Monument was built (in Siantan) to honor this specialty. Both Kapuas and Landak River are also described on Pontianak’s symbol. This city is known as Khun Tien among all Chinese living in the city. This city offers so many tourism spots for you to visit


Pontianak History

The name “Pontianak” is believed to have a connection to Syafir Abdurrahman’s story who was always disturbed by a ghost (kuntilanak). The legend says that Syarif Abdurrahman had to fire a cannon to cast the ghost away. The bullet fell down near Kapuas and Landak River (recently known as Beting Kampung Dalam Bugis Pontianak Timur or Pontianak City). Right on the area where the bullet fell down, Syarif Abdurrahman settled his kesultanan (kingdom-like) on October 23rd 1771 known as Kesultanan Pontianak.

Pontianak on the map



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things to see

Things to see

There are many information about Pontianak’s history you can find in Sintang Kingdom Palace built in 1839 also in Jubair, Aji Melayu and Prince Prabu Grave. Sentarum National Park Lake can be used to refresh your mind by seeing and enjoying its beauty. In Kadariah Pontianak Palace, the central governing, you can find many ancient and historical artefacts like jewelry used from generation to generation. Or you can just go to Alun Kapuas Park on Rahadi Usman Street to relax.

things to do

Things to do

For you who love nature and want to hike, you can visit Kelam Hill. There are 2 ways to get to the top, using stairs or through challenging steeply sloping mountain side. You can also visit Hutan Wisata Baning (Baning Tourism Forest), a topical forest which is the proud of Sintang district, Pontianak. Bukit Baka and Bukit Raya National Park are the other options. For you who love challenge, you can go to Melawi or Pinoh River.

things to eat

Things to eat

Many typical food you can taste in this city. One of them is spicy porridge originally from Pontianak. This porridge is made of vegetable with ginger plant, chilli/kesum leaf as the spice. Es Lidah Buaya mede of aloe vera is also available here. Mie Sagu made of sagu flour and Pengkang made of pulut rice consists od shrimp and coconut and covered with banana leaf are also ready to tempt your appetite.

Things to see and do near Pontianak

Monuments, Temples and Historic Buildings

National Parks, Forests and Waterfalls

Airport at Pontianak

Pontianak is served by the Supadio Airport.

Supadio Airport (PNK) is an airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Pontianak is the gateway to West Kalimantan, and it is well served by domestic airlines.

Entering the city from the airport

From the Supadio Airport to Pontianak city the only mean of transportation is by taxi, costing around Rp 80,000 for the 15km ride into the town.

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